4 Reasons To Get A Braiding License

4 Reasons To Get A Braiding License

The state of Florida has a ruled that you must take a hair braiding 16 hour course before you can work in hair salons.  If the state board Inspector walks into the salon and sees you working without a license you will be fined!  As a Licensed Cosmetologist, I can say that there are two sides to this story. Getting a license can help you in many ways to take your career to the next level.

What are the four reasons you may want to get a Braiding License?  Is it really necessary in the State of Florida?  Most people have said to me, “I’ve been braiding hair all my life!  “I started braiding hair at the age of 10!”  I even heard, ” I already have a clientele, why do I need a braiding license?!” Although all of those comments may be the true, you still have to go through the process of attending a hair braiding 16 hour course to get your braiding license.

Braiding is not only a fun career, it is the doorway to many other careers in the Beauty Industry.  Here are the Four (4) reasons to get a braiding License:

  • To show that you have gone through training and are an expert in your field.
  • To be able to open your own business hair braiding studio or salon.
  • To learn how to protect yourself and your clients from communicable diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp.
  • To be able to charge your clients the prices that you are really worth.

The 16 Hour Braiding Course will teach you the following:

  • Initial AIDS/HIV
  • Sanitation Sterilization
  • Diseases and Disorders of the scalp
  • Laws & rules

If you would like to learn more, Become a Licensed Braider click here .  By having a braiding license, you will have many opportunities for advancement.  It will put you on a level that will allow you to begin your journey into the billion dollar industry of Cosmetology.


12 Days of Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course Enter to Win Every Single Day!

12 Days of Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course Enter to Win Every Single Day!

Grow Your Business

With the new year around the corner, the Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course team got to thinking – how can we best give back to all of you and help our audience have the most successful 2019 possible?

We can never thank all of you enough – our Students (and future Braiders!) are the ones who make Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course what it is. Without all of you, we’d have nobody to cheer on and celebrate. And ‘tis the season of giving, so we thought we would host 12 days of giveaways.

(Click here to enter or at bottom of page)

The Prizes

Of course, the prizes are geared towards Hair Braiders and entrepreneurs. I don’t want to spill all of the beans quite yet, but here are just a few of the prizes we’ll be giving away:

  • Free Hair Braiding 16 Hour Courses
  • One week of Business Coaching to help your start your Braiding Business
  • A feature on the Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course Blog
  • Lots of prizes that the Hair Braider will enjoy!

How To Enter

The fun is taking place over at Twitter, so make sure you don’t miss out by following our account and the hashtag #12DaysofHairBraid16

Your main entry will be responding to our daily prompt on Twitter – but there will be other ways to win as well! You can also gain extra entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends. To Sign Up click here.

P.S.  Make sure you stick around until day 12 the biggest prize of all………you’re not going to want to miss it!  Check out more  content from our blog.




Bold Rainbow Colorful Braids

Bold Rainbow Colorful Braids

Bold rainbow colorful braids are only for the BOLD and CONFIDENT!  If you are the type of person that loves to be bright, colorful, amazing and daring then rainbow braids are for you. Mix and match colors, play with pastels, neon, neutral colors! Anything goes when it comes to the rainbow braids!


Alicia Keys wearing pink and yellow braids.




Very Hip & Trendy

Self -expression! Be you!  Show the World all the different sides of you!


Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #3

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #3

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #3.  Add on Hair Services.  Most hair stylist and Braiders are not aware that they can make money without working behind the chair at the salon.  It is not an easy task to work long hours behind the chair.  Client after client.  Working 8 to 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, year after year.  Don’t get me wrong, working behind the chair can be lots of fun, however, it can also be tiresome on your body.  Most hairstylist get burnt out between 5 to 10 years.

One of the greatest things about working in the Hair Care Industry is that once you have your Hair Braiding license, you can work just about anywhere in the state that you are licensed in as a Hair Braider creating your own hours.  You even have the ability to choose who you would like to perform your hair magic on!

Instead of spending all of your work hours behind the chair, you can break up your days or weeks by going outside of the salon to work on clients hair.  Here are a few jobs outside of the salon that will pay you well, however, you have to do your own marketing to lock in these gigs.



Every bride may not have here own personal stylist that may be willing to meet her at the hotel or wedding destination to get the bride ready for her big day.  This is your opportunity to gain the Brides business and maybe the Bridesmaids.  Offer her a great deal.  Also ask if there will be family or friends coming from out of town.  They too may be in need of a last minute hair do.



Getting into Fashion Hairdressing might be a little tricky.  It’s all about who you know.  You have to network to get into this field. If you want to be in the industry you need to get to know as many people as you can, with that said,  should be going to fashion events, chamber of commerce events and other networking events to get to know as many people as possible. Present yourself as a professional and have ready examples of your work — via your profolio or blog — you can build the kinds of contacts to help you launch a career in fashion hairdressing.  You can also find fashion designers, local magazines or TV stations that might be willing to take on an Hairstylist on an on call basis.



Most Photographers have a go to Hair Stylist and/or makeup artist that they can call to help them make there models look their best.  It is a must! Google Photographers in your local area, give them a call to see if they could add your name to their list of professional Hair Braiders or Hair Stylist.



Most senior citizens homes have a hair salon located inside of the facility.  Contact the administrator of the home to see if there are any part-time positions.  You can also do something kind by asking if its okay to give the ladies a little gift.  It can be a flower or maybe a small teddy bear just to show that you care about them.  While passing out your gifts at the facility, you may want to give the residents your business card.  A few of the elderly ladies may want you to do an in room private service.  Please note – you must be a compassionate and patient person if you choose to work with the elderly.



In todays society, their are lots of single parents raising daughters.  A few of these single men are fathers!  You can offer a one day “Daddy & Me class” teaching Fathers how to do 2 simple braid styles.  The class should not last longer than 4 hours. Reserve your salon on a closed day, maybe a Sunday.  If not the salon then maybe your lounge at your apartment complex or community center. Purchase rubbers bands, a few cute hair clips, refreshments (juice, water & cookies) for your class.   At the end of the class the little girls will feel pretty and happy to know that their Dad did their hair!

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #2

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #2

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #2.  “Turn your clients into a walking Billboard.”  I’m so excited to share this tip with you!  When  I started my business, I knew that advertising was important.  I didn’t’t have any advertising dollars.  What was I supposed to do?   On my way to work everyday I would read billboards wishing that I could have one advertising my work.  The billboards  were always advertising sneakers, doctors offices, churches etc.  I inquired about posting an ad but the price was way out of my league. Too expensive.  Then I had an idea!  Why not  make my clients a WALKING BILLBOARD!  


I chose 5 clients that worked in key places.  For example, the bank, the grocery store, corporate jobs or places were there would be lots of traffic.  They paid me full price to get their hair done.  I then asked them if they would give my card out to anyone that complimented them on their hair.  If they send me 3 people before their next visit, their next hair style would be 50% off!


I can tell you that this strategy worked like a charm!  Clients love discounts!  They love compliments and being able to show off their hair and talk about their Hairstylist.  Try this today, I promise you that it works!:-)

Let me know how this tip worked for you! For those of you who haven’t taken the step of becoming a Licensed Hair Braider, you can always sign up when you are ready by clicking here.

Happy Braiding!!:-)

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #1

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #1

Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #1 – 2 for the price of 1.”   This marketing tip is a tip that anyone can use to build their Hair Braiding business.  You don’t have to invest any money, just time,  hard work and dedication.  You must be willing to give your clients a FREE  service or a DISCOUNT that has value to them.  Once they receive what they are looking for, guaranteed, they will become local clients and refer others to you.

Let me share a story about myself and how I know for a fact that this marketing tip works.  I am not originally from Florida.  When I moved here from New York City,  I didn’t know anyone.  I had zero (0) clients!   At that time we didn’t have  social media.  Only flyers, business cards and word of mouth.  I didn’t have advertising dollars, so I had to figure out how to get clients through the door without spending a dime.   Here’s what I did to build my clientele from 0 to 20 in just a few weeks! In 3 months I had over 50 steady clients!

 MARKETING TIP #1 . On my slow days in the salon, which were Tuesday & Wednesday, I offered a 2 for 1 Special.

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What that means is that I did 2 people for the price of 1.  If the hair style cost $100, then one person could pay the entire price and treat their friend to a FREE style.  Or they could split the cost, half and half making the cost of the service $50 for each person.

I offered this special 2 for the price of 1  every week for about 3 months.  It was hard work.  I gave quality service.  My clients were happy and continued to return bringing along a friend to get the 2 for 1 special.  *Please note, a client could not return with the same person who had gotten their hair done previously.  They could only bring NEW CLIENTS.

The purpose of this campaign was NOT MONEY!  It was to BUILD A CLIENTELE.  This marketing campaign was a win for me.  I gained new clients every week.  It was also a win for my client because they got their hair done at 1/2 price.

If you would like to learn more about how to run this 2 for 1  special  to build more clients, leave a message or comment,  I would be happy to help you!:-)






Here’s How To Apply for your Braiding License in Florida

Here’s How To Apply for your Braiding License in Florida

Here’s  how to apply for your Braiding License in Florida. First complete your Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course, you will then be eligible to apply to The Department of Business & Professional Regulations Florida State for your Braiding Registration. Simply print application, fill out and complete all sections of the application.

Pay $25 fee (make check payable to Department of Business and Professional Regulation).

Submit certificate of completion of the minimum two-day, 16-hour course (a copy). You should receive your Registration (license)  within 3 to 4 weeks from The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Board of Cosmetology,


Application for Hair Braiding.  Form # DBPR COSMO 5

Click here for printable application

How much is a client worth?

How much is a client worth?

How much is a client worth to you? Did you know that there are formulas out their to figure out their worth? Every time a client sits in your chair, she is adding money to your income.  You should know how much she/he is worth to you.  I’m sure that you already know that good customer service and excellent communication services along with quality work is the equation for a lasting customer.

Customers go to people they like and trust.  Early in my hairdressing days back in the early 90’s, after receiving my cosmetology license in New York City, from Wilfred Academy I felt that I needed additional training.  I headed out to Dudley University which was located in Greensboro, North Carolina for advanced training.


As a Hairstylist licensed and working for 3 years,  I felt lost and a little stupid when Mr. Dudley came to our class one day and asked  “Do you know how much a client is worth?”  We didn’t know!   All I knew was that they called me, I made an appointment, they came in, we talk about whatever was on TV or what was going on in the  neighborhood, kids etc., their hair got done and that was it!  See ya next time.

Mr. Joe Dudley, Sr  said “No”.  That’s not it!  You have to know your client.  Develop a personal relationship with them (keep it professional) . Know their names.  Know their children’s’ names.  Know their anniversary, their birthdays.   If they get sick, send them a get well card.  If its their birthday, send them a birthday card (with a discount for hair services in it)! And always carry hair products with you.  You are the professional.  Sell products to your clients, retail!

It has been 25 years since that conversation.  I have never forgotten it.  The principles are the same.  Care for your clients and about your clients.  Depending on the services that you provide,  and how often they come in you can figure out their worth.  For example  If you charge  $100.00 for a braid service and the clients comes to you every  2 months to get their hair done, for one entire year that equals to $600.00 .  That is not including products you sell to them to upkeep their hair.  Never send any of your clients to Sally’s, the beauty supply down the street or online to buy products!  Have your own recommended products on hand in your salon or at your station to retail.   Add on services should be at least $20.00 at every salon visit.

So, to sum it all up, using the above example:  Your client is worth $720.00 per year. ($600.00 for services and $120.00 in products, equals $720.00).  If you have 50 clients, your salary for the year will be $36,000.  

Hair Braiding can be a lucrative business if taken seriously.  Know your clients, care about them and they will continue to come to you and tell others about you for years to come.